Turn the Other Cheek: Best Spanking Scenes in Romance, Part 1

Finding Master Right by L.A. WittSpanking in romance seems to have gotten more attention, or page time, since the release of the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James. But spanking in romance is not new at al; there are a vast number of romances, from historical to contemporary to erotic, which feature spankings, and I think I’ve read the vast majority of them. Of course, some are more memorable than others. These are the first five of ten of my favorite spanking scenes.

In L.A. Witt’s m/m romance Finding Master Right, Chase and Derek dance around their desire for each other for most of the book. While attending a leather conference, Derek accepts an invitation to play with another m/m couple—and asks Chase to come and watch over him. Derek gets an intense spanking from another Dom, but what makes this scene so hot is the intensity that burns between Derek and Chase.

I blinked my eyes into focus and glanced toward one side of the room. Chase was still there, leaning against the wall with one knee bent and his thumbs hooked in his pockets. He was focused on us. On me. Expressionless, motionless, but undeniably there.

Relaxing, I closed my eyes again.

The crop bit my ass cheek hard enough to make my breath catch. Then it hit my other cheek. My eyes watered, and I couldn’t remember if I’d been inhaling or exhaling, but it didn’t fucking matter because he hit me again and all I could do is moan.

Master Class by Cassandra CarrIn Cassandra Carr’s Master Class, Ryan is just learning about becoming a dominant. His friend Jack takes him to a play party and introduces him to Lisette, an experienced submissive. During their first scene together, Ryan spanks Lisette, and it takes him a bit to get comfortable. In this one, the two do a bit of role playing with Ryan acting as the professor and Lisette acting as the misbehaving student, allowing Ryan to grow into his new role.

“Are you learning, girl?”

“Yes, sir. I won’t do it anymore, sir.”

“I’m not sure I believe you.” He gave her three more strokes, moving down her bottom a little on each stroke so that the last one landed right where her ass and thighs met. Soothing the skin with his left hand as she attempted to wiggle into his touch, he continued, really getting into his role and saying all the things he wished he could say to his real students. “When you don’t turn in your assignments on time, you’re disrespecting me and my class.”

In Cherise Sinclair’s Master of the Abyss it's the heroine Kallie, who is new to dominance and submission. She is curious about what goes on at the local BDSM lodge and works up the courage to go to one of their parties. Jake can’t resist teaching Kallie about submission and spanks her with an audience. Kallie is understandably nervous about her predicament.

After removing her cuffs, he spun her to face the couch. “Bend over it.”

She eyed it. Her bottom would be toward the room…the people. She tried to turn, to check who was watching.

“They’re not your problem. I am.” He set his hand between her shoulder blades and steered her firmly into position. “Don’t worry. Everyone will admire your pretty ass, especially when it is glowing pink from my hand.”

Oh dear God. Embarrassment surged through her and, disconcertingly, a little thrill at being so exposed, especially in front of men she knew.

Dom for Sale by Christine D'AboChristine d’Abo does something different with a BDSM auction in Dom for Sale, where submissives have the chance to buy Doms. Liz, egged on by her friends, wins Master Gareth’s services. Liz is new to the scene, but immediately falls for the brooding Gareth, whose heart is locked away. But Gareth aims to give Liz exactly what she is seeking.

“I want you to stay exactly like that, Liz. Don’t you move. Widen your legs a bit more. There you go. Now, I’m not going to spank you.”

“What? No, Sir, please –“

“Not with my hand at least.”

Oh. Oh thank God.

It was so tempting to turn around to see what he was up to back there. But that would mean getting out of the position he’d put me into. I didn’t dare.

Something cold touch both my ass cheeks when he finally returned. I couldn’t tell what it was, but I leaned into it.

“I’m going to start you off with a little paddling. Think you will like that, Liz?”

Colin and Delia from Jodie Griffin’s Forbidden Fires are both new to BDSM. Delia wants to explore her submissive desires, and Colin can’t say no. Plus, they are working a case together that has ties to the local BDSM community. Determined to learn more about the lifestyle, the two go a Bondage & Breakfast Inn for some lessons from Master Gabriel McConnell.

McConnell continued stroking her cheek. “For first punishments, I usually give a brand new sub five to ten strokes, and I let her choose how many. When Colin asks you, make sure you answer him properly.”

Colin cleared his throat. “How bad a girl were you, Delia? How many strokes should I give you?”

“Ten, Sir,” she whispered, and his pulse started pounding triple time. “Please.”

“Good girl,” McConnell murmured approvingly. “Reardon, alternate sides up through eight and pause, please.”

What about you? Do you like to read about spankings in romance? Did I miss some of your favorites? Let us know what you think.

Jennifer Porter, a mild-mannered librarian by day, runs the review site Romance Novel News and is a compulsive romance reader. She has a tendency to live tweet her craziest reads as @JenniferRNN

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1. Tam
I don't get spanking. But then I don't get a few activities that others enjoy. I don't dislike reading about it, it's okay, but it doesn't have any particular appeal for me. *shrug* Variety is the spice of life and it's good to be able to find whatever appeals to readers.

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2. MFrampton
@Tam, I read the spanking scenes too, but they're not why I read the books in general. But more than that--your picture is AWESOME!
3. JenniferPorter
@Tam "Whatever Floats Your Goat" LMAO!!

I've read lots and lots of spanking scenes and have been totally repelled and utterly captivated. I can't quite figure out why some work for me and some don't. I keep reading more hoping to figure it out! :)
4. Renee Charles
For me, it will always be my first spanking scene. Outlander, where He spanks Her for her own good. It is so dominating and simple at the same time. I read it a couple times to be sure I liked it. And I am sure I blushed realizing how hot a dominate mAn can be.
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